Will NB-IoT help or hinder the evolution of IoT?

Vodafone recently announced that it has completed its first commercial roll-out of NB-IoT connectivity in the Spanish cities of Valencia and Madrid. This is the first part of a broader roll-out in Spain, which will include implementing NB-IoT in Barcelona,...

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Time for Vodafone to revisit a Virgin Media deal?

Vodafone is shelving plans to launch a pay TV offering in the UK, saying: "Our focus in the UK is on broadband, where we're seeing good growth. We will look at launching TV in the UK when we deem it necessary and commercially appropriate." CEO Vittorio Colao said that the company has decided to put it on hold indefinitely, although the service could be launched "within weeks".

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Real-world data: The diamonds are in the detail

Artificial intelligence is improving rapidly thanks to the growing use of deep neural networks to teach computers how to interpret the real world. These networks use vast amounts of detailed data to enable machines to learn, further increasing demand for reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity. For example, the development of safe autonomous cars depends on millions of vehicles capturing enormous amounts of information about how human drivers handle cars when confronted with specific road layouts, weather conditions, traffic and accidents. The best artificial intelligence systems will be built using the best datasets sourced using 100% reliable connectivity provided by telcos.

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O2 UK: How much more will Telefónica spend on a market it wants out of?

Telefónica's O2 UK is in the process of renegotiating its mobile network-sharing deal with Vodafone. The project, known as Cornerstone, has been in place since 2012, building on prior sharing deals, and has allowed both players to grow their 3G and 4G coverage at a reduced cost. However Telefónica wants to exit the UK market, but has failed to both sell and float O2 UK. Is Cornerstone under threat?

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Can NTT DoCoMo's digital success be replicated outside Japan?

Here at STL we spend a lot of time thinking about how telcos can make up for the dramatic drop in voice revenues, in fact, we have been writing about this phenomenon and the need for business model change since...

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Changing Culture: The Great Barrier

We've published a new report. The findings of a senior exec 'summit' we ran last week in Asia present a fascinating snapshot of the global telecoms industry. They highlight views on the key goals of and barriers to transformation, and...

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Which operator growth strategies will remain viable in 2017 and beyond?

We've published a new report. Global telecoms growth has slowed since 2009, but some operators have enjoyed compound annual growth rates of up to 25% over this period. This report examines the financial results of 68 operators over the last...

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Amazon: Telcos' Chameleon-King Ally

We've published a new report: Amazon: Telcos' Chameleon-King Ally? Amazon, Facebook and Google are engaged in a global contest to become the pre-eminent broker of digital commerce between merchants and consumers. Google controls the leading digital platform - the Android...

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The Open Digital Maturity Model at Open ROADS

10-11 November 2016 saw the second meeting of the Open ROADS Community, at Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire. STL Partners participated in the event, supporting some of the sessions. It was a packed two days, although this post will focus on the...

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The Devil's Advocate: SDN / NFV can never work, and here's why!

Will SDN / NFV ever deliver on its promises? We present eight sceptical "devil's advocate" arguments and their counterpoints. Which will prevail? This latest Telco 2.0 report is part of the Executive Briefing Service, and you can read an excerpt...

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